Dry Eyes? Which are the best Contact Lenses?
There are many different types of contact lenses, and some are better suited for people with dry eyes than others, daily disposable contact lenses in particular are a good choice. Many recent advancements in contact lenses make them comfortable to be worn by people with dry eyes every day and do a great job of keeping eyes lubricated.
Making sure that your contact lenses are as comfortable as possible is important. Clear vision should not come at the cost of eye health or comfort.
Below are several types of contact lenses we sell that do an excellent job of keeping eyes healthy and hydrated.
Best Daily Disposable Contact Lenses For Dry Eyes
Daily contact lenses or daily disposables come out on top for dry eye wearers, as they are replaced daily preventing a build-up of protein deposits allowing maximum airflow to your eyes throughout the day. With high water contents and advancement in contact lens technology allowing the addition of lubricants and wetting agents, there is bound to be a daily contact lens to suit you. Here are our top 4 Daily disposable lenses for dry eyes.
Best Monthly Disposable Contact Lenses For Dry Eyes
Monthly contact lenses are a good choice for contact lens wearers with dry eyes, especially if they contain silicone hydrogel, this material uses silicone instead of water in its composition, and doesn't dry out or take water from your eyes. According to a recent study by Wolfgang Sickenberger After 3 months of daily wear with silicone hydrogels some contact lens patients improved their wear time dramatically. In addition, patients reported fewer sensations of dryness and grittiness plus improved comfort at the end of the day. Here are our top 4 monthly disposable lenses for dry eyes
Best Toric Contact Lenses For Dry Eyes
Just because you have astigmatism and dry eyes doesn't mean you can't wear contact lenses, with the advancement in technology both daily contact lenses and monthly lenses are available for toric lens wearers. Below are our top 4 toric contact lenses for dry eyes.
Dailies AquaComfort Plus Toric
Manufactured by Alcon (previously Cibavision), Dailies AquaComfort Plus Toric uses 'Lightstream Technology'
1 Day Acuvue Moist for Astigmatism
These lenses are perfect if you want to experience clear and stable vision, whatever your activity whilst enjoying the comfort, convenience and health benefits of a daily lens. Thanks to the established technologies of Accelerated stabilisation Design providing crisp stable vision throughout the day as well as the embedded LACREON technology providing a long-lasting cushion of moisture for exceptional comfort all day.
Air Optix for Astigmatism
A great lens that combines a new level of comfort with enhanced Oxygen capability, which provides superior all day comfort in a lens that is healthy for your eyes.
This lens is made from the breakthrough Aquaform material which allows greater levels of oxygen to freely flow through the lens to the eye. Higher oxygen supply lenses are known to create whiter, healthier more hydrated eyes or many contact lens wearers.
Best Multifocal Contact Lenses For Dry Eyes
Although dry eyes can affect people of any age, it is more prevalent in women and in older people. According to NICE it is reported that 15 to 33% of people aged 65 years or over have dry eye disease, so it's great to know there are multifocal lenses available for dry eye sufferers. Here are our top 4 varifocal contact lenses for dry eyes
Do Contact Lenses Give You Dry Eyes?
Contact lens wearers can suffer from dry eyes, although not technically dry eye syndrome, Contact Lens Induced Dry Eyes (CLIDE) could be caused by the types of lenses that you choose to wear. This is because many soft contacts are made of plastics that incorporate water - with some of them containing between 40 and 80 percent water and can limit the oxygen reaching your eyes.
The water-filled nature of these contacts is designed to keep the lenses moist and comfortable. As the day goes by, the lenses can begin to dry out and then absorb moisture from your eyes, this leads to both dryness and discomfort. One option is to switch to lenses made from silicone hydrogel. This material uses silicone instead of water in its composition, and doesn't dry out or take water from your eyes.
There are some specific reasons contact lens wearers can suffer from dry eyes
- Insufficient oxygen flow - to produce natural tears. Consult your optician if you think this is the case for you.
- Overwear - can lead to your eyes not getting the rest they need. We recommend wearers to take off one day a week if possible.
- Wearing the wrong prescription - can lead to dry eyes.
- Your eyes have changed shape - so your lenses don't fit properly.
- Aerial allergens - like pollen and dust can irritate your eyes, leading to discomfort.
- Air conditioning and humid conditions - are often the cause of dry eyes.
- Too much screen time- can lead to reduced blinking causing eyes to dry out
Always consult with your Optometrist to help determine which lenses are best for you. They will take into consideration the cause and symptoms of your dry eyes and help you determine which lenses to try. Lens materials like Silicone-Hydrogel lenses allow much more oxygen to reach the cornea than other types of soft lenses, these typically cost a bit more but may also cause less water to evaporate.
What Are The Symptoms Of Contact Lens Dry Eyes?You may be suffering from dry eyes if you have one or more of the symptoms from the list below:
- Dry, itchy eyes
- Gritty sore eyes
- Red eyes
- Tired or fatigued eyes
- Stinging eyes
- Soreness of the eye
- Light sensitivity
- Blurry vision
How To Treat Dry Eyes
Here are some do's and don'ts recommended by the NHS to help with dry eyes
- Keep your eyes clean
- Take breaks to rest your eyes when using a computer screen
- Make sure your computer screen is at eye level so you do not strain your eyes
- Use a humidifier to stop the air getting dry
- Get plenty of sleep to rest your eyes
- If you wear contact lenses, take them out and wear glasses to rest your eyes
- Do not smoke or drink too much alcohol
- Do not spend too long in smoky, dry or dusty places
- Do not spend too long in air conditioned or heated rooms
- Do not stop taking prescribed medicine without getting medical advice first – even if you think it's causing your symptoms
What Are The Best Eye Drops For Dry Eyes?
Eye drops can offer great relief if you suffer from dry eyes, however if you are a contact lens wearer then it's important to make sure you choose an eye drop that has been designed to be used with contact lenses.
What Is The Best Contact Lens Solution For Dry Eyes
If you wear monthly or two-weekly contact lenses you will need to use a solution, not all multi-purpose solutions are equal, some are definitely better than others at helping to keep your eyes hydrated. It has been reported that solutions containing high amounts of preservatives can cause eyes to become dry.
Acuvue RevitaLensThe newest member of the ACUVUE® family, delivers a fresh lens feeling every morning. The unique formulation with dual-disinfecting technology effectively kills harmful bacteria whilst offering all day comfort.
If you think you have dry eye syndrome or Contact Lenses Induced Dry Eyes (CLIDE) then we recommend you contact your Optometrist and discuss your eye care and contact lens options. It's recommended that everyone gets their eyes tested at least every two years. For many people, free eye exams are offered on the NHS.
Author: John Dreyer Optometrist Bsc(Hons), MCOPTOM, DipCLP
Created: 6 Sep 2016, Last modified: 3 Jan 2023